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Weekend Warrior, January 5 - 7

Hauntingly exhilarating, FUNeral, the freshly released EP from Madalean Gauze, sits between layers of secluded strangeness and playful enjoyment. Twisting traditional storytelling with a fantasy-laced vibe, the album may catch you off guard in a pleasant, surprising fashion; taking on cinematic undertones, the plot quickly turns. Tonight’s EP release show at Boot & Saddle will benefit Valley Youth House, a Lehigh Valley organization that ensures vulnerable, abused, and homeless youths in the community access to shelter and counseling, and features support from a trio of locals. Recently added to the Topshelf Records family, the harmony-fueled, girl-pop, throwback sounds of Queen of Jeans plan to release their debut album this year, and they’ll be working double-duty this evening, supporting Balance and Composure’s sold-out show at First Unitarian Church as well. Cut from similar musical cloths, the garage-pop quartet of Louie Louie dips into easy-grooving, semi-psych waters that retain a classic catchiness. Unleashing their personal-brand of barraging noise-pop, Empath will get the night started. – Michael Colavita

Other places to stay warm this weekend…

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Madalean Gauze (EP Release), Queen of Jeans, Louie Louie, Empath, SAT Flat Mary Road, Baker Man, Tough Guy Soda

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Nightfall, Trash Knife, The Charley Few, SAT Frog Holler, Hezekiah Jones, Dem Hills

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI All This Huxley/DJ Deejay, SAT Brother Martin, Port Arthur/A Black Celebration: DJ Baby Berlin, DJ Jem/DJ Mighty Mike Saga, DJ Elijvh Vrms, SUN The City and I, So Totally, Lowercase Roses

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D., F. Woods & The Fellow Humans,  Bunny Savage & The Plibmen

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Dance Party Quizzo: The Beating, Crouse

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Alex Catrambone & Friends

TLA (334 South St.) SAT Candy Volcano

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Conjunto, SAT Light of Day(Upstairs) John Byrne/(Downstairs) Ben Arnold, SUN (Upstairs) Diane Monroe &  Tony Miceli Duo

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Panophonic, Sonny Knockout, E.Joseph & The Sparrows, Magnificent Birds of Prey, SAT Outer Heaven, Backslider

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Last Generation On Film, Vacation James, SAT Hayley Dare, Seb Isaac Band, SUN Dan Malloy, Nicklas Hughes, Michael J. Vitale, Slenko & McKeys

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT The Jesse Lundy Band: Mach 4

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Sexoffice, Rover Rover, SAT Kiska

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) SAT Darla

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT Mercury Retrograde, Pet Lizard, Visoon

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) SUN Honeygasm

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Chad Jenkins Band, Primatives, Kevin Segal & The Old Souls, SAT Alright Junior, The Good Mess, Phantasm, The Sea Tease

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Stiltwater, Big Mind, Dry Reef, SAT An All-star Tribute to Paul Simon’s Graceland: Ryan Tennis

First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Balance and Composure, Queen of Jeans

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Jacopo & The Late Saints, Truant Minds, Tiger Castle, SAT So Totally/Cerulean Blue, Gracie & The So Beautifuls

LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Mista Quik, Prototype:AT, Tapes & Tubes, Alpha Alpha

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Trash Boy, Overwinter, Georgey V

Planet Phitness (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Fleabite, Susie Derkins

JJ’s Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Past Life, Kinda Alright, SAT Sleepy Freak, Dinosaur Diner

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New Track: "Breakfast Loops" (Feat. Quelle Chris) - Torito

Fabric Scraps, the forthcoming album from Torito, is slated for release on January 12 via local label U Don't Deserve This Beautiful Art. Accompanied by Quelle Chris, the bull’s smooth, relentlessly charismatic rhymes jumps off a runway of jazz piano on his latest single, "Breakfast Loops". The tale intricately connects an array of subjects in a flash, so quick that if you blink, you’ll get lost in its lyrical dust. Catch Torito's album release celebration (with support from Lt Headtrip, The Karma Kids, JE Double F, Sol Patches, Ronnie Vega, and The Hell Hole Store) on Saturday, January 13 at LAVA Space!

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Nervous Dater bring their indie pop punk to Bushwick Public House on 01.05

Nervous Dater gives us the best parts of early 00's pop punk (the energy and fun) minus the worst parts (the whiny vocals). Guitars get big and the lyrics tell stories of bad decisions, broken friendships, and feeling like a hot mess. Singer Rachel Lightner carries most of the band's tracks as if she's gleefully marinating in life's ugliness over the band's fun, catchy rock. They released full length "Don't Be A Stranger" in September 2017. Favorite lyrics: "It's hard to ask for help if you don't really want it / passed out on the train in your own vomit", "I still dress just like I'm sixteen / and I still get way too drunk during the week", and the shimmer of hope: "I'm so fucking lucky / you're so fucking lucky". They play Bushwick Public House on Friday, January 5th. We are looking forward to seeing what this band does in 2018 as their tour date book already has them playing Pouzza Fest in Montreal in the spring. - Meghan Rose

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“No Dogs Allowed” is the delightful new album from Boston’s Sidney Gish

Since her first release in 2015, Sidney Gish has put out four full length albums, an undeniably impressive feat for a 20 year old undergrad student at Northeastern University. Her latest album, the delightful No Dogs Allowed, is every bit as charming as her previous releases, but with a noticeable edge up on production, a task that Gish undertook single handedly. At its core, No Dogs Allowed rivals the songwriting prowess of any (Sandy) Alex G record, and shines with its endearing, twee characteristics, reminiscent of a signature K Records release. Gish could surely make Calvin Johnson crack a smile. -Charley Ruddell

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New Track: "California Dreamin" (The Mamas & The Papas Cover) - Japanese Breakfast

In the midst of this deep freeze, one may be eyeing warmer climates. In that vein, Japanese Breakfast recently re-imagined The Mamas & The Papas' classic “California Dreamin” as part of a SiriusXMU session. This take hauntingly awakens, accompanied by synth, before the beat hits. Then, a sleek groove takes over, and vibrant guitar sets it off as the warmth and reassurance of vocal harmony warms the soul. Japanese Breakfast is scheduled to return to Philly on Sunday, June 3 at Union Transfer.

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